Cricket: Pakistan destined for defeat

S Africa 293 & 206 for 7 dec Pakistan 106 & 120 for 7
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PAKISTAN survived the first 14 overs of their marathon attempt to save the third Test against South Africa yesterday, reaching tea on 32 without loss on the fourth day. They still need another 362 for an unlikely victory.

Saeed Anwar reached 17 at the interval with Ijaz Ahmed looking less secure with 15. Aamir Sohail injured his right wrist during fielding practise after the close of play on the third day and will not be able to bat until five wickets have fallen.

Allan Donald failed to find his rhythm in the five overs he bowled before the break and Shaun Pollock looked more dangerous. South Africa employed the services of the left-arm wrist spinner Paul Adams for the two testing overs before tea.

South Africa resumed their second innings at the start of play on 94 for 2 and lost only one wicket in the morning session when Jacques Kallis on 69 edged an attempted back-foot drive to the wicketkeeper Rashid Latif in the last over before lunch. Hylton Ackerman, in his second Test, also batted resolutely for 42 from 110 balls.

When the declaration came an hour after lunch, Pakistan were left with a target of 394 in a minimum of 142 overs remaining.

Fourth day; Pakistan won toss: South Africa 293 (W J Cronje 85, M V Boucher 52; Waqar Younis 6-78) and 206 for 7 dec; Pakistan 106 (P S de Villiers 6-23) and 120 for 7.